Review: Grand Hyatt Washington DC

Review-Grand Hyatt Washington DC

 

This Review of the Grand Hyatt Washington, in Washington, DC, is from our December 2018 visit. This is a Category 4 Hyatt, so it's possible to redeem a Category 1-4 Award Night at the hotel, and for a longer stay, I recommend booking with Hyatt Prive benefits, since with a minimum 2 night stay, TravelSort Clients enjoy these perks:

  • Welcome amenity
  • Complimentary full breakfast for up to 2 in-room guests
  • $100 hotel credit
  • Priority upgrade: confirmed within 24 hours of TravelSort's request (during high demand periods, upgrade is subject to availability at check-in)
  • Priority for connecting room availability and early check-in / late check-out

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Grand Hyatt Washington Location, Lobby, and Check-In

The Grand Hyatt Washington is located at 1000 H Street NW, between 10th and 11th Streets. It's very convenient to get there from Reagan National Airport (DCA), since you can take the blue line from the airport station to Metro Center, which is just a 1 minute walk from the hotel. Likewise, the hotel is convenient if you plan to visit the Smithsonian museums, since many of them are a 10-20 minute walk away, depending on the museum. You could also take the Metro 3 stops to L'Enfant Plaza, the closest stop to the Air & Space Museum, which was the top priority museum for our son.

The hotel is very large, nearly 900 rooms and suites, arranged around the hotel's central atrium, so the soaring glass ceiling atrium makes for a beautiful lobby. A Christmas tree and decorations added a festive note during our December visit.

Guest reception is to the left, and while there was only one associate manning the several desks during my 2pm weekday check-in, there was no line and I was checked in by a friendly and efficient associate, who checked to ensure we still needed the requested rollaway bed, and let me know that a bottle of water and 2pm late check-out were included thanks to my Hyatt Explorist member status.

Here's my Grand Hyatt Washington Review on YouTube:

 

Grand Hyatt Washington King Room

King Rooms at the Grand Hyatt are 351 square feet, as are rooms with two double beds. ADA rooms are 400 square feet. Since the hotel is so centrally located, I recommend either requesting a room facing the atrium, or, if you're on the exterior of the hotel, as we were, request a high floor. We were on the 11th floor, the 2nd to highest floor, as there are 12 floors.

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Our King bed was on the firm side, but still fairly comfortable. Our son's rollaway bed, which just barely fit between the TV stand and the bench at the foot of the bed, made for very tight quarters, so you'll probably want to put the rollaway bed upright during the day, when not in use.

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The bathroom was small, with just one sink and a bathtub-shower combination, but everything was clean and in good working order.

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Bath products, as at most U.S. Grand Hyatts, were June Jacobs Green Tea Cucumber.

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Breakfast at Cabinet Restaurant

On this occasion, as we used our complimentary Category 1-4 night for our one night stay, we didn't have breakfast included and didn't dine at Cabinet Restaurant. But if you stay with Hyatt Prive benefits, you do enjoy complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, which includes the normally $26 per person breakfast buffet at Cabinet.

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There's also an omelet bar, for made to order omelets:

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Cure Bar & Bistro

The $100 hotel credit that is a Hyatt Prive benefit can be used towards lunch or dinner at Cure Bar & Bistro, which takes its name from the variety of charcuterie (cured meats) served there, and also offers small, sharable plates with an emphasis on locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients.

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The Verdict

The Grand Hyatt Washington is not Hyatt's luxury hotel in Washington, DC; that honor belongs to the Park Hyatt Washington, DC (updated review coming soon). It's a large hotel of nearly 900 rooms and suites, with a busy meetings and conventions business. Taken in that context, we had a good experience, and especially enjoyed the hotel's convenient central location, walking distance to the National Mall and Smithsonian museums, and also within a 25-30 minute walk/metro ride to one of our favorite DC restaurants, The Red Hen.

If you've recently stayed at The Grand Hyatt Washington, what was your experience?

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